Property Market Remains Open In New Lockdown

19th November 2020 posted in PROPERTY NEWS

With another lockdown period upon us, it is natural many people are looking for guidance on how this affects them.

The property market has previously experienced a lockdown, with minimal activity taking place between March and July of this year. For the second lockdown period, the housing market will continue to operate as normal.

The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick has made it clear that “the housing market will remain open throughout this period. Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following the current guidance.” The Housing Secretary has also said in respect of agents and people moving; “They will need to follow social distancing guidance that has already been published.”

Information is being updated regularly

As always, we advise people to stay in touch with the latest Government guidelines on moving home, which can be found online here. As estate agents, we also have guidelines to follow, and you can rest assured we will follow the latest instructions carefully.

On the evening of 3rd November 2020, the Government issued the following guidance to the industry:

individuals may leave home to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property:

(i) visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;

(ii) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or to rent;

(iii) preparing a residential property to move in;

(iv) moving house;

(v) visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property.

Since the housing market re-opened in July, we have worked tirelessly to provide a safe standard of service that meets our customers’ needs and expectations. If you have any questions regarding the property market right now, please get in touch.

With the stamp duty holiday due to end in March, we know people are keen to move as soon as possible. At Country Properties, we are here to assist you as best we can.

Currently, in line with Government guidelines, our Hitchin branch is open and our sales and lettings personnel are on hand to assist you.  To clients old and new, if you have any queries or need advice on property sales and lettings then please call 01462 452951 or email hitchin@country-properties.co.uk.